Netarhat is a fantastic hill station surrounded by forests that are also known as Scotland of the East.
Do you want to know more about this hidden jewel of Jharkhand?
Here let us discover more about this place.
Netarhat is located in the Latehar district at an altitude of 3696 feet. It is a part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau and it’s the highest hill on the Plateau. Hence, you can enjoy magnificent views like the beautiful sunrise and sunset. Several tribes used to live in this place for a longer time. The place was away from city life and even the travellers. Later, it was modified into a hill station by the Britishers. But now the place does not have that colonial look. It has become more attractive. Today, Netarhart is known as the ‘Queen of Chhota Nagpur’ due to its stunning beauty and scenic places. If you are planning for a weekend getaway just travel to this place which is 150km or around 4 hours drive from Ranchi. Netarhat is famous for Netarhat Residential School which has a record of producing the highest number of toppers in the Bihar School Examination Board.
Today, Netarhat is getting recognition as the must-visit tourist destination in the state. The unexplored beauty of Netarhat hill station will definitely grab your attention at the very first glance. Also, you will feel like coming to this place and exploring its flora and fauna.
Best Time to Visit Netarhat
You can visit Netarhat anytime during the year but in summer and spring the climate is pleasant and you can enjoy the trip. These are the months when you can explore the place as you like. Netarhat looks beautiful during February or March when nature is ready to welcome its visitors. There are various places that provide mesmerizing experiences to travellers during this time.
Places to Visit In And Around Netarhart
It is fun to reach Netarhat as the hills are covered with beautiful trees like Palash, manhwa, and sal. You will enjoy the journey through steep hills or ghat as there are some heart-wrenching bends. On the plateau lies the Netarhat at a height of 1,250 meters. There is a huge gate at the welcome.
You must be thinking, what more can you see here? The place has different attractions which you should not miss. Apart from sunrises and sunsets, Netarhart has more to offer.
Below is the list of places which you can discover during your trip to Netarhat.
- Betla National Park
For nature lovers, there is a wonderful place called Betla National Park, situated in the hilly region of the Palamu district. You can visit this place along with your children as the park consists of a variety of flowers, trees, birds, and animals. Hence, the park turns out to be an adventure safari. This park is one of India’s first national parks to reserve tigers under the project Tiger.
- Upper Ghaghri Waterfalls
It is the major attraction in Netarhat and is the best picnic spot in nature. The two waterfalls are created by the Ghaghri river- upper and lower. You can find both these fall spectaculars. The place is at a 4km distance from Netarhart. You can watch the valley filled with waterfalls and feel a pleasant atmosphere. You will have to walk 200m to reach the waterfall. People love to see the heavy streams of water falling down in front of them. Make your trip memorable by visiting this place with your friends and family.
- Magnolia Point
The most beautiful sunset point in Netarhat is Magnolia Point. You must visit the place with your loved ones. To watch the sunset, you must reach the place by six and capture the moment. Also, the sunrise at this point is eye-catching as the whole sky turns orange. This point is also known for the love story of a British girl Magnolia, who committed suicide here because of her father. Tourists who visit Netarhat, do not forget to visit this place.
- Sadni Falls
The interesting falls in Netarhat are the Sadni Falls. It is situated about 35 km from the region of Netarhat. An amazing thing to consider here is that the waterfall is in the shape of a snake which is extremely intriguing. Sadni waterfalls or Sadnighagh falls was a hub of diamond mines in India.
- Koel View Point
Apart from Magnolia’s viewpoint, this is another best point to visit. The Koel viewpoint is located at a distance of around 3km from Netarhat. If you visit this place then you will be mesmerized by the views of River Koel. The viewpoint has a high cliff with Pine Forest on one Side. The river flows about 10 km below the site.
- Netarhat Hills
Netarhat Hills is quite an amazing place to visit with your loved ones. The dense forests which are located around the hills offer lush scenic views of the place. According to local beliefs, Hanuman (the Monkey God from Ramayana) was born in a cave in the nearby Anjan village and it was here that he rushed to eat the sun thinking it was a fruit. The hills surrounding Netarhat are dotted with hilly springs and waterfalls.
- Sunrise Point
If you wish to capture time-lapse in your camera, the best place to visit is the sunrise point. You must come here early to capture the magnificent sunrise on the horizon.
- Lodh Waterfalls
People who love long outings can visit the Lodh waterfalls which are about 62km from Netarhat (via Mahuadanr town). It is known as the highest waterfall in Jharkhand. The other name of the fall is Burha Ghagh (waterfalls). The Burha River is joined by several streams running down the hills. The waterfalls thus formed jump down over 140 metres into a pool which is covered by the forest. You need to walk here carefully as the rocks are slippery and prevent going near the base of the falls.
- Pine Forest and Pear Orchards
The pine forest and pear orchards are the accessories that boost the beauty of Netarhat. The long pine trees and the pear orchards are scenic beauty which you can post on Instagram. If you want to take a break from city life, this is the place where you can find peace. Enjoy the picturesque forest of Netarhat.
- Chalet House
Chalet House is a bungalow made up of wood in Netarhat. It was built during the administration of Sir Edward Albert Gait, Lieutenant-Governor of Bihar and Orissa during the Bengal Presidency of British India. The bungalow was a summer house for British officers who were fond of Netarhat.
How To Reach Netarhat?
Netarhat is located in a remorse area which is at the top of a hill range. It is not well-connected with major cities and towns of Jharkhand and nearby states. But to reach this wonderful destination, you can use the nearest airport, railway station, and bus services. Here are the details of how to access this destination using diverse modes of transportation.
The nearest major city to Netarhat is Ranchi and the closest airport is Ranchi Airport or Birsa Munda Airport. You can also choose the train and reach the station: Ranchi Junction.
You need to board at Ranchi Airport also called Birsa Munda Airport and from there you can take a private bus or a taxi to reach the Netarhat hill station which is approx 150 km away. Flights from all parts of the country arrive at Ranchi airport. Hence it is good to plan an airway trip which is fast, comfortable and convenient.
If you are looking for a cheaper option you can try the train routes. All the cities are connected to Ranchi station. From Ranchi Junction (RNC), tourists are required to cover another 150 km on a bus or a taxi to reach Netarhat. Trains from several prominent stations operate to and fro at a good frequency.
Depending on your geographical location, you can consider travelling to Netarhat by road as well. The overall road network which includes national highways is well-maintained and easily accessible. As per your convenience, you can choose to travel by state-run buses, cabs, or by your personal vehicles as well.
Is Netarhat safe for tourists?
Netarhat is absolutely safe for tourists. However, the following tips will help you to have a safe and sound visit.
Tips for visiting Netarhat
- As all the tourist places in Netarhat are located at a distance from the city, it becomes isolated after dusk, therefore, avoid visiting during the dark hours.
- The safest time to visit is between 6 am to 5 pm.
Also, you can find comfortable accommodations all included in the Netarhart tour packages.
Hence, if you are looking for a place to relax, Netarhat is where you can spend your holidays. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset views, take a walk among the pine forests with your friends and family, and go hiking in the surrounding hills. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit the place soon.